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Happy Easter!

It’s this time of year again where we have a few days to relax and recharge our batteries. From us here at XLD Studios, we want to wish you a very Happy Easter. While we are working on some exciting projects through the weekend, we hope that you are taking some time off to spend time with family (we will be), eat good and enjoy yourself.

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Happy New Year!

We would like to take this moment to wish you all a very Happy New Year and we hope that it will be filled with exciting things and much fun.

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Save The Date for #wpbar in Gothenburg!

Previously, #wpbar has been an event in Stockholm where a group of people interested in WordPress join together over drinks to talk WordPress. At WordCamp Stockholm plans were made for a new #wpbar, this time not only in Stockholm.

On November 22nd, we will be having a #wpbar event here in Gothenburg too. I have been asked to speak on the same topic as I did at WordCamp Stockholm (it is a topic that I am very passionate about) and I hope we will have a great turnout. Whilst the venue is yet to be selected, if you are going to be in or near Gothenburg on November 22, save the date and join us for some relaxed and fun WordPress discussions over drinks.

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Speaking at WordCamp Stockholm on October 22

I’m happy to say that I’ll be up, speaking at WordCamp Stockholm on October 22. My session is going to be about user interfaces, more specifically on the importance of spending time on admin interfaces for clients.

As WordPress developers and designers, I think we have an obligation not to come up with complicated ways to manage custom features that are not in core. Whenever we make a custom feature, we also need to think about how working with it from an administrative point of view makes most sense for our client. I’ll be sharing experiences, examples and solutions so please join me. Meanwhile, I am interested in hearing your thoughts on the topic too.

WordCamp Stockholm is going to be a really fun day and I hope to see you there. Don’t forget to follow the event at the hashtag #wpsthlm and if you’re going to be there, come up and say hi!

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Source Code Pro – Beautiful Code Editor Font from Adobe

I’ve always been a big fan of the fonts that Adobe has made and when they released a new one, specifically for code editors last week, I was overjoyed. The new font is called Source Code Pro and is based on their also recently released, open source font, Source Sans. The difference is that Source Code is made to work best with code editors.

Since the release, I’ve been using Source Code Pro in all my editors (Coda 2 and Sublime Text 2 if anyone is wondering) since the release and I must say that it is looking very nice  indeed! Check it out.

How To Add a Banner To Your WordPres Plugin Page

Last week, Matt Mullenweg noted in a post over on the official WordPress Development Blog that they are experimenting with a new feature on the plugin pages of the official plugin directory. You may already have noted a grey field above all plugins which has the title and a short description of it.

New now however is the ability to add a banner to your plugin page just above this. For now this is just an experiment which as Matt notes means that the size of the banner and the look can change at any time. Since it is being very well received, I would assume that the idea is not going away. Read on to learn how you can add a banner of your own and see some examples. Read More…

Merry Christmas!

I would like to take a moment and wish you all a very merry christmas today filled with lots of joy and good spirits. Personally I am off to the annual family gathering and will make sure to enjoy the company, christmas food and of course all the lovely christmas candy. If you have something special on your wish list, I hope that you get just that!

Once again from me and on behalf of every person we bring in to work on our projects, a very merry christmas!

An iPhone 4 Built With Pure CSS3? Yep, it is true!

I came across this cool project earlier this morning. Someone has spent time and modeled a full iPhone 4 complete with a working home button, sleep/wake button and lock screen slider using just HTML5/CSS3. No images or svgs. Just javascript and CSS3!

Of course it is completely useless but it does prove just how powerful these new technologies are getting and let’s face it: It’s pretty cool!

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